FREDDIE KING KING OF THE BLUES Disc 1(of 2)
Original Release Date 1995
Shelter Records 1968-1973
King's contract with Federal expired in 1966 and his first overseas tour followed in 1967. He was noticed by King Curtis and was subsequently signed to Atlantic during 1968.
In 1969 he hired Jack Calmes, to be his manager and Calmes secured him an appearance at the 1969 Texas Pop Festival, alongside Led Zeppelin and others and this led to King being signed to Leon Russell label Shelter Records. The company treated Freddie as an important artist, flying him to Chicago to the former Chess studios for the recording of Getting Ready and gave him a supporting cast of top-calibre session musicians, including rock pianist Leon Russell.Three albums were made during the this period, including blues classics and new songs written by Russell and Don Nix.
The notion that Freddie Kings best work was restricted to the 60’s is very shortsighted and this collection proves absolutely otherwise.
Much of the material here is from his time on Leon Russell’s Shelter Label.
The Shelter Choir are very much in evidence here and to good effect helping to give many tracks the exuberance of a live performance
Freddie King’s playing throughout is hugely exuberant too. And if you like rocking good blues there’s plenty to bring a smile to your face (and it will believe me be difficult to avoid getting out the air guitar.)
Freddie King was a great guitarist but often unfavourably compared with to B.B. and Albert and was considered by some to be the least talented of the 3 Kings , he wasn’t, he was just different his tunes rocked a little more than B.B’s, but his solos were just as full of soul as the best of Albert’s
1. Same Old Blues (3:56)
2. Dust My Broom (3:09)
3. Worried Life Blues (2:49)
4. Five Long Years (4:20)
5. Key to the Highway (3:23)
6. Going Down (3:20)
7. Living on the Highway (4:15)
8. Walking by Myself (2;48)
9. Tore Down (4:09)
10. Palace of the King (3:39)
11. Lowdown in Lodi (3:04)
12. Reconsider Baby (3:57)
13. Big Leg Woman (With a Short Short Mini Skirt) (3:57)
14. Me and My Guitar (4:02)
15. I'd Rather Be Blind (3:43)
16. Can't Trust Your Neighbor 3:53)
17. You Were Wrong (3:45)
18. How Many More Years (3:25)
19. Ain't No Sunshine (3:16)
20. Sky Is Crying (3:22)
21. That's All Right (4:40)